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Improving Oregon’s Foster Care Together

"Oregonians care deeply about justice and improving outcomes for the most vulnerable children and families. Poet E.E. Cummings wrote, "Always the beautiful answer who asks a more beautiful question." When we think about the well-being of our communities, instead of just asking big questions of elected and appointed officials, perhaps the beautiful question to ask…
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Foster Parents’ Night Out, an official initiative of Every Child

For the past six years, Foster Parents' Night Out has worked closely with the Portland-based affiliate of Every Child Oregon, Embrace Oregon. The monthly four-hour respite event—known widely as “FPNO”—began in Salem in 2006, and has now grown to 19 sites across Oregon. In many counties across Oregon, Every Child and FPNO shared volunteers, served…
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Q and A with Oregon’s Director of Child Welfare

"We need to be accountable for everything that we do as an organization. And I think that that’s one of the fun things that I bring to this business. Not only was I a foster parent and an adoptive parent, I worked in the private sector for many years. And so being able to look…
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Interview with Ben Sand, CEO of Portland Leadership Foundation

“We have tried to disrupt the paradigm that most Oregonians assume, which is either you're a foster parent or you do nothing,” --Ben Sand, CEO of Portland Leadership Foundation. What if you knew that you could make a difference in the life of child by meeting a tangible need, volunteering your time, or writing a…
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Portland woman creates welcome boxes for foster kids

PORTLAND, Ore. -- When you are in need of the kindness of strangers, you would hope for that stranger to be Eve Reddin. In the upstairs bedroom of her North Portland home, she has the makings of 70 welcome boxes destined for children who arrive in the child welfare office, often without anything to call…
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Local woman, involved with foster care, inspired by her foster child

EAGLE POINT, Ore. - An Eagle Point woman's journey with the foster care system began years ago, when she started taking in foster children. Lynette Hasse is involved in Every Child. Her youngest, Brendan, is one of her inspirations for getting more people involved with fostering. The Hasse family welcomed Brendan into their home when…
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There could soon be more ways to help Oregon’s foster children

Oregonians who want to aid foster children but can’t commit as full-time caretakers are getting a message while the state grapples with a deficit of foster parents: You don’t have to become a full-time parent to help. Every Child is an initiative born of Portland-based Embrace Oregon to show people small steps they can take to help foster children. It's expanding into Marion, Polk…
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Nonprofit helps DHS find ‘Every Child’ a foster home

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Oregon Department of Human Services has struggled to connect a growing number of foster children with families as its office has dealt with numerous controversies and lawsuits. But a local nonprofit could be on its way to changing how the entire state’s foster system operates by succeeding in areas where DHS has struggled in…
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